Spare Time

HOUSE OF THEIR DREAMS

Just as the wall were coming down inside her Houston home and the floor plan was being reconfigured, Cynthia Davis and her architect husband, Issac Preminger, wrote out their individual wish lists. “When you remodel your house with your husband, who’s the architect for it all no less, you need to make your wishes known,” says Davis, the proprietor and founder of Indulge Décor + Fashion, a Houston destination filled with fine and distinctive European goods. “We weren’t allowed to scratch off anything from each other’s wish list.”

Included on his list was a Lacanche range in the kitchen, since, as Davis claims, “he loves to cook and I love to boil water and scramble eggs,” while one of her must-have items was a marble fireplace mantel in their bedroom. They kept to their promises, though Davis recalls some initial perplexed questioning from her husband. “Issac said to me, ‘We live in Texas where it can be above 100 degrees for consecutive months and so we’re never going to use a fireplace.’ Now, the moment it’s 50 degrees or less, on it goes, and on it stays.”

While Davis’s tastes skew to the traditional and Continental European, her husband’s tend to go more Modern. “If you go around the house, it’s pretty easy to tell what my husband picked and what I picked,” she says, citing his choice, for instance, of a multi-armed aluminum and steel Serge Mouille lighting fixture in the living room and her array of 18th-century French chinoiserie boxes arranged on a tabletop. To stock her store, which is one of the city’s destinations for decorative items, bedding, fashions, sleepwear, fragrances, and accessories, Davis and her husband travel to France twice a year. “It’s why I loved this house the moment I saw it,” she recalls. “It has a very European, French feel to it.”

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INTERIOR DESIGN BY CYNTHIA DAVIS

PRODUCED AND STYLED BY SHANNON BOWERS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRETT WOOD

WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO

This story appeared in the Spring 2024 issue of MILIEU.